Date
26 May 2017
Confidential CC co-founders Warren Barthes and Rachel Tigges said the application aims to reduce the huge privacy risks for email users. Photo: AFP
Confidential CC co-founders Warren Barthes and Rachel Tigges said the application aims to reduce the huge privacy risks for email users. Photo: AFP

Startup unveils app for self-destructing emails

A startup company called Confidential CC has created an application that allows people to send self-destructing emails through their normal Gmail and Outlook accounts.

“We give power to the sender,” French news agency AFP quoted company co-founder Warren Barthes as saying at the Collision technology conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

The app adds an option called “CCC” to the normal address lines of “TO”, “CC” and “BCC”, which ensures that the message cannot printed, forwarded or saved, and is deleted immediately after the email is closed.  CCC messages are also encrypted from end to end.

Tech news website TweakTown describes it as something like SnapChat for email.

It is currently available for iPhones and other Apple mobile devices on the App Store, and becomes fully functional on May 21.

Versions for Android-powered devices and desktop computers are in the works.

To thwart those who might try to capture the email by taking a snapshot of it, the app ensures that the identities of the sender and recipient are not displayed simultaneously, and the text shifts from blurred to focused as the reader scrolls through the message, the report said.

Additional features include canceling accidentally sent messages, fetching attachments, and setting times for email to be sent.

Confidential CC was co-founded by Barthes and Rachel Tigges in New York City three years ago.

The app will be free at the outset, but the company is enhancing its features before thinking of going commercial such as charging for downloads or licensing service to banks and other companies where information security is crucial.

“Digital communications are under constant misuse today -– from private emails being forwarded accidentally to malicious attacks threatening a business or government,” Tigges said.

“It’s unacceptable that email, which is free and open for all, is presenting such huge risk to users. Maybe, in five years, people will use CCC lines in Gmail, Outlook, everywhere.”

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